Gary Walker

The Big Listen: The Cribs – Night Network

Embroiled in record company wrangling, the future looked bleak for Wakefield’s favourite sons, until the intervention of the nicest man in rock: Dave Grohl.

The Big Listen: Neil Young – Return To Greendale

Shakey and Crazy Horse return to a 2003 concept album that left many critics scratching their heads for a 78-minute live recording captured in Toronto

The Big Listen: Elvis Costello – Hey Clockface

The prolific songwriter, Jazzmaster enthusiast and uncompromising innovator returns with a new solo album recorded in three separate sessions across the globe. Does it work as a coherent whole?   

The Genius Of… Different Class by Pulp

After two decades on the indie fringes, Pulp struck gold in 1995 with a No.1 album that’s a vital collection of songs about love, class and leaving an important part of your brain somewhere in a field in Hampshire. Their charismatic misfit frontman wasn’t a bad guitar player either.

The Big Listen: Matt Berninger – Serpentine Prison

The National’s famously morose frontman finds freedom and space away from the day job on his debut solo album with Memphis studio veteran Booker T Jones.

The Big Listen: Beabadoobee – Fake It Flowers

Bea Kristi’s star has been rising since her fragile bedroom acoustic confessionals set the internet aflame, but her debut album pulls together myriad 90s college rock touchstones to propel her into the stratosphere.

“The Jazzmaster is kinda like the underdog, but it’s a secret weapon”: Troy Van Leeuwen on his brand new signature guitar and the future...

Troy Van Leeuwen is the shadowy sonic architect who introduced Fender offsets and single-coil pickups to one of the world’s biggest rock bands. The Queens Of The Stone Age guitarist tells us about his new signature Jazzmaster, living the dream with Iggy Pop and the possibility of a new Queens album.

The Genius Of… Paranoid by Black Sabbath

With a 50th anniversary deluxe boxset about to hit the shelves, we look back at the dystopian visions, bludgeoning riffs and satanic myths behind one of the most influential rock albums ever made.

The Big Listen: Brent Cobb – Keep ‘Em On They Toes

Inspired by moving back to Georgia, the country troubadour’s fourth album feels like having a conversation with an old friend. There’s no place like home.

“My uncle got me into one of Stevie Ray Vaughan’s last shows” Spoon’s Britt Daniel on Texas blues, Telecasters and three decades in music

With indie label Matador reissuing their first eight albums a year after a greatest hits collection that spanned their 27-year career, Spoon are taking stock. We caught up with the Texas band’s frontman Britt Daniel to talk about Thinline Teles, Klon Centaurs and the band’s new album.
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